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Dundee Schools Modern Studies Debate takes place at Abertay

17 December 2013

The sixth Annual Dundee Schools Modern Studies Debate took place at Abertay University today (Tuesday, December 17).

Over two hundred and fifty Modern Studies pupils from schools across the city attended the event.

The motion under debate was:

‘The welfare state costs too much and causes dependency, therefore it should be dismantled’.

Dr Stuart Waiton argued in favour of the motion, while Dr Wallace McNeish argued against.

Each was then given the chance of a rebuttal, and the audience were invited to pose questions to the speakers.

An audience vote was taken both before and after the debate.

Speaking after the event, Dr Jason Annetts, who chaired the debate, said:

“This is the sixth time we’ve held this debate, and each year it gets better and better. The motion was vigorously contested by each of the speakers, and the audience asked some excellent questions, really putting them on the spot.

“At the end of the debate, Wallace had secured 67 per cent of the votes against Stuart’s 27 per cent, so there was little change in opinion from the beginning and the motion was defeated.

“Getting the students thinking, however, was more important than who won the debate, and we hope that listening to this debate will help them write persuasive arguments when it comes to sitting their Higher Modern Studies exams.”


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Notes to Editors:

The motion under debate – ‘The welfare state costs too much and causes dependency, therefore it should be dismantled’ – was chosen to link into the Higher Modern Studies curriculum.

The schools that attended the debate were:

Baldragon Academy, Braeview Academy, Craigie High School, Grove Academy, Harris Academy, Menzieshill High School, Morgan Academy, St John's RC High School, and St Paul's RC Academy.

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